Officers injured in fight disturbance call in Ballard

On April 25th, just before 11:00 PM, North Precinct officers were dispatched to a fight in progress call at a bar in the 4800 Block of 17th Avenue NW.  The call stated that someone was fighting with the bouncer, who had a cut above his eyebrow.  Officers arrived and spoke with the employees of the bar.  They stated that the fight was over, and that the suspect(s) had left.  The employees described the suspects as a white male and black male.  During the investigation, officers found out that the bartender was assaulted by the suspects. 

Two other officers that arrived at the call began walking eastbound in the 1500 Block of NW 49th Street when they encountered the black male suspect.  The suspect was preparing to fight with another individual.  One of the officers attempted to escort the suspect away from the other man when the suspect spun away from the officer and swung at him with a closed fist.  The officer was able to hold onto the clothing of the suspect.  As the suspect turned to run, he knocked the other officer down to the ground, causing her to hit her head on the sidewalk.  The suspect broke free from the officer’s grasp and ran a short distance.  The officer was able to chase after him and caught him after approximately 30′-40′ feet.  As the officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, the suspect began throwing multiple punches and elbow strikes.   The officer was able to fend off the attack and eventually take the suspect into custody.  Both of the officers were treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department and then transported to Harborview Medical Center.  The first officer sustained a mild concussion, scrapes and abrasions.  The second officer received four stiches to his right hand and other scrapes and abrasions. Both officers were treated and released from the hospital.   The suspect, a 23 year old man, was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.  The other suspect was never located.  Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.